Submissions for National Flash Fiction Day 2018 are NOW OPEN!

Now in it’s seventh year, National Flash Fiction Day will be on Saturday 16th June 2018 and we’ll be celebrating with events and readings and submission opportunities! We’re currently open for our micro-fiction competition and our annual anthology, so get writing!

Micro Competition

From now until Saturday 17th March 2018, you can send us up to three micro fictions on any theme for our Micro fiction competition. These must be 100 words or fewer, and can be on any theme.

More details about the micro completion can be found here:


This year’s anthology theme is one you’ll be able to sink your teeth into, and we’re hungry for your flashes! From now until Saturday 31st March 2018, you can send us up to three 500 word flashes on this year’s theme: Food! The anthology will be edited by award-winning writer, Alison Powell, and National Flash Fiction Day Co-Director, Santino Prinzi. Your stories must be 500 words or fewer.

We’re looking for stories inspired by and about whatever’s on your plate. We’re ready to salivate over your sentences, to savour the subtle flavours of your subtext, to devour your delicious dialogue. Sweet, sour, savoury, sharp, tangy, rich, or rotten. Serve us up some scrumptious tales and tantalising treats with tasty twists. Are we all becoming too healthy? Or is suet the main dish of the day? Has a friendship been ruined by raw chocolate? We’re looking for full-fat, jam-packed flash fiction with an aftertaste we won’t forget. Feel free to interpret the theme of “food” however you wish, but your flashes must fit the theme in some way.

More details about the anthology submissions can be found here:


We can’t wait to feast upon your words!

Telltales in March

Time to get Unhinged with Telltales

What does your world revolve around? What sends you off-centre? Does the coming of spring turn you into a mad March hare every year?

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The theme of our next Telltales is Unhinged, and submissions are now open. We welcome all kinds of writing – poetry, short stories, non-fiction, scripts, translations, blog entries, flash fiction, memoir, novel extracts– but please remember the word limit is 2,000 words and your submission must take no more than 10 minutes to read aloud.


Submissions close on Friday 17 March. Send us your work through the form on the website. The event will take place on Tuesday 25 March at Dolly’s Tea Room and Wine Bar, 21 Church Street, Falmouth (above the Falmouth Bookseller). Entry is free.